Fabian M. Suchanek

Full professor
Télécom ParisTech University
46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
Public key rsa4096/CAA83288

Research Interests

Knowledge Bases, Information Extraction, Semantic Web, Automated Reasoning, Knowledge Mining

Professional Experience

2016 Full professor at Télécom ParisTech University, Paris, France
2013 Associate professor at Télécom ParisTech University, Paris, France
2012 Leader of the Otto Hahn Group “Ontologies” at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany
2010 Postdoctoral Researcher (reporting to Dr. Serge Abiteboul) at INRIA Saclay, Paris region, France
2009 Visiting Researcher (reporting to Dr. Rakesh Agrawal) at Microsoft Research, Search Labs in Mountain View, CA, USA


2014 French Habilitation (HDR), University Paris 6, Paris, France
2014 German Habilitation (Venia Legendi), Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
2008 PhD in Computer Science (supervised by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weikum), Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany
2005 Master of Science in Computer Science, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
2003 Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Germany

Awards, Scholarships, Grants

2018 “Test of Time Award” of the WWW Conference
2017 “Prominent Paper Award” of the Artificial Intelligence Journal
2016 ANR Grant for 1 PhD student and 1 postdoc
2015 Best Reviewer Runner-up Award of the PIKM 2015 workshop
2014 DigiCosme Grant from Paris-Saclay University, for 1 PhD student and 1 PostDoc
2014 Outstanding Reviewer Award at the WSDM 2014 conference, for the top 12% of 220 reviewers
2014 Best Reviewer Award of the PIKM 2014 workshop, out of 23 reviewers
2013 Top 3 course in terms of teaching quality in Computer Science at Saarland University, out of 42 courses
2013 Best student paper award at the WWW 2013 conference, out of 125 accepted papers
2012 Best paper runner up of the EMNLP 2012 conference, awarded to the top 3 out of 99 accepted papers
2011 Best demo award at the WWW 2011 conference, out of 25 accepted demos
2010 Otto Hahn Assistant Professorship, awarded to 4 scientists per year across all scientific disciplines at the Max Planck Society, with an annual budget of 30k EUR and 2 PhD positions for 3-5 years
2010 Honorable Mention of the SIGMOD Dissertation Award, awarded to 2 database researchers per year worldwide
2010 Otto Hahn Medal, awarded to 30 PhD graduates each year in the Max Planck Society, 5000 €
2005 Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the PhD
2005 Günter Hotz Award, awarded to 3 out of ca. 250 Computer Science graduates at Saarland University each year, 1000 €
2004 Scholarship of the Max-Planck Society for the Master of Science

Student and postdoc supervision

2017-Camille Bourgaux, Postdoc
2017-Julien Romero, PhD student
2017-Thomas Pellisier Tanon, PhD student, advised with Antoine Amarilli
2016- Jérôme Dockès, PhD student, advised with Gaël Varoquaux
2016- Jonathan Lajus, PhD Student
2016 Jonathan Lajus, Master student
2016 Katarina Tzompanaki, Postdoc (then associate professor at the University of Cergy)
2015- Thomas Rebele, PhD student
2015 Danai Symeonidou, PostDoc (then researcher at INRA Montpellier)
2013 Aliaksandr Talaika, Master student
2013 Joanna Biega, student assistant (then PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics)
2013 Farzaneh Mahdisoltani, intern (then PhD student at University of Toronto)
2012-2016 Luis Galárraga, PhD student (now researcher at INRIA Rennes)
2012 Thomas Huet, intern
2007 Sabrina Wolter, Master student
I have also been a reviewer for the following doctoral theses: Ndapandula Nakashole (2012, Saarland University), Bilyana Taneva (2013, University of Saarbrücken), Simon Razniewski (2014, University of Bolzano), Benjamin Roth (2014, Saarland University), Ioana Ileana (2014, Télécom ParisTech University), Davide Mottin (2015, University of Trento), Arnab Dutta (2015, University of Mannheim), Julien Corman (2015, Toulouse University), Erdal Kuzey (2017, Saarland University), Dimitra Papadimitriou (2017, University of Trento), Abdelfettah Feliachi (2017, Université Paris-Est), Amit Gupta (2017, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Paul Lagrée (2017, Université Paris-Sud), Vasilis Efthymiou (2017, University of Crete), Toni Grütze (2018, University of Potsdam).

Scientific profile

My main scientific project is the YAGO knowledge base. The original paper from 2007 has attracted more than 2000 citations so far. The knowledge base is used in numerous projects around the world, among others DBpedia and the IBM Watson Project. YAGO has given rise to the YAGO-NAGA project at the Max Planck Institute, where around a dozen researchers now work on key questions of semantic information processing. The knowledge base is continuously being developed, with half a dozen follow-up publications.

Since then, I have moved beyond the construction of knowledge bases, and advanced into the application, the mining, and the maintenance of knowledge. Therefore, a large part of my citations come from publications in very diverse areas: information extraction, Web services, watermarking of knowledge bases, information retrieval, ontology matching, social tagging, inductive logic programming, and computational creativity.

All my publications are available on my homepage.

Industrial Research Experience at Microsoft

I was working in the Microsoft Research Search Labs team on the shopping portal of the Bing search engine.

In 2012, the shopping portal of Bing was successfully discontinued. The research lab was shut down two years later.


I teach courses on information extraction, Web technologies, and the Semantic Web.
2014 - Standard teaching duty at Télécom ParisTech, Paris, France
2017 One week at Bucharest Polytechnical University, Romania
2016 One course at the RUSSIR Summer school in Saratov, Russia
2013 One course at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany
2011 One course at 3 universities in Senegal

Service Activities

2017 Co-organizer of the New Researcher Symposium at SIGMOD 2017
2016 Co-organizer of the New Researcher Symposium at SIGMOD 2016
2015 Demo chair of BDA (French national database conference)
2015 External expert for the Czech Science Foundation
2015 External expert for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
2015 PC co-chair of the Web DB Workshop at SIGMOD 2015
2014 PC co-chair of the Knowledge Extraction workshop at NIPS 2014
2013 PC co-chair of the Knowledge Extraction workshop at CIKM 2013
2013 PC co-chair of the PhD Workshop at CIKM 2013
2013 Guest editor of a special issue of the Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics
2012 PC co-chair of the Knowledge Extraction workshop at NAACL 2012
2012 PC co-chair of the PhD Workshop at CIKM 2012
2011 PC co-chair of the PhD Workshopat CIKM 2011
I have been reviewing for the following journals and conferences: SIGMOD 2018, IJCAI 2018, WWW 2018, EMNLP 2017, ISWC 2017, EMNLP 2016, CIKM 2016, IJCAI 2016, EDBT 2016, ESWC 2016, ICDE 2016, VLDB journal 2016, WWW 2016, WSDM 2016, Communications of the ACM 2016, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology 2015, Journal of Web Semantics 2015, CIKM 2015, ESWC 2015, WSDM 2015, ACL 2014, WSDM 2014, WWW 2013, ESWC 2013, NAACL 2013, Semantic Web Journal 2013, EDBT 2013, ICDE 2013, WSDM 2013, TODS 2013, VLDB 2013, EMNLP 2012, ESWC 2012, ACL 2012, EDBT/ICDT 2012, WSDM 2012, Communications of the ACM 2012, WWW 2012, TKDE 2012, EDBT 2011, TKDE 2011, TODS 2011, Artifical Intelligence journal 2011, BDA 2011, WWW 2011, AAAI 2010, WEBIST 2010, Journal of Web Semantics 2010, Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology 2010, WSDM 2010, ICDE 2010, EACL 2009, ESWC 2008, TKDE 2007, SIGKDD 2006 — plus workshops.

Tutorials and Invited Talks

I have given 8 tutorials at international conferences (WWW 2015, VLDB 2014, SIGMOD 2013, ICDE 2013, EDBT 2011, IJCAI 2011, CIKM 2010, DASFAA 2009), mostly about knowledge bases, information extraction, and the Semantic Web. In addition, I have given the following invited talks.
2017 Wikidata Conference, Germany (keynote)
2017 Bucharest Polytechnical University, Romania (seminar)
2017 Kazan University, Russia (seminar)
2017 Chelyabinsk University, Russia (seminar)
2017 WSDM Cup Workshop (keynote)
2016 Toronto University, Canada (seminar)
2016 Waterloo University, Canada (seminar)
2016 IBM Zürich, Switzerland(seminar)
2016 Leopoldina Journalist College, Germany (invited speaker)
2016 IBM Almaden, California, USA(seminar)
2016 Facebook, California, USA(seminar)
2016 Apple, California, USA(seminar)
2016 IBM Zürich, Switzerland(seminar)
2016 Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany(seminar)
2016 Google Zürich, Switzerland(seminar)
2016 Aalborg University, Denmark(seminar)
2016Wiki Workshop(invited speaker)
2016 French Workshop on Quality of Linked Data(keynote)
2016 Paris 5 University, France (seminar)
2016 SNIPS Seminar on Context-Sensitive Search (invited speaker)
2015 Workshop on Information and Communication Systems(invited speaker)
2015 25th anniversary of the Max Planck Institute, Germany (invited speaker)
2014 KET workshop(keynote)
2015 Central Bank of Brazil(seminar)
2015 University of Bolzano, Italy (seminar)
2014 EGC Conference(keynote)
2014 New York Knowledge Engineering Meetup (invited speaker)
2014 APWeb Conference (invited speaker)
2014 AHA Workshop (invited speaker)
2014 University of Trento, Italy (seminar)
2014 University of Bolzano, Italy (seminar)
2014 East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (seminar)
2014 Stanford, California, USA (invited speaker)
2014 INRA, Paris, France (seminar)
2013 Yahoo Inc., California, USA (seminar)
2013 Google Inc., California, USA(seminar)
2013 Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, California, USA (seminar)
2013 Singapore Management University, Singapore(seminar)
2012 Webdam-Modas Workshop(invited speaker)
2012 WOLE Workshop at ISWC 2012 (keynote)
2011 Gaston Berger University, Senegal(seminar)
2011 Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK(seminar)
2011 University of Grenoble, France(seminar)
2010 SeCo workshop (invited speaker)
2010 University of Bolzano, Italy(seminar)
2010 University of Amsterdam, Netherlands(seminar)
2010 INRIA Saclay, France (successful application talk)
2010 Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK (successful application talk)
2010 University of Oxford, UK (successful application talk)
2009 Politecnico di Milano, Italy (successful application talk)
2008 Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, California, USA (successful application talk)
2008 University of Karlsruhe, Germany (successful application talk)
2008 University of Washington, USA (unsuccessful application talk)
2008 L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany (seminar)
2008 University of Osnabrück, Germany (seminar)
2008 DFKI, Kaiserslautern, Germany (seminar)

Organizational Activities

2017 - Co-responsible for the Continuing Education program in Data Science at Telecom ParisTech
2017 - 2018 Responsible for the department of Computer Science at Paris-Saclay University
2014 - 2016 Co-/Vice-responsible for the department of Computer Science at Paris-Saclay University
2014 - Co-responsible for the semester harmonisation across all disciplines at Paris-Saclay University
2013 - Responsible of the “Data & Knowledge” study track at Paris-Saclay University
2012 - 2013 Representative of the Scientific Staff of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics
2007 - 2008 Member of the Examination Commission for Computer Science at Saarland University
2007 - 2008 Students’ speaker of the Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg)
2003 - 2008 Student representative in 8 commissions for hiring professors at Saarland University
2003 - 2008 Member of the Students’ Union for Computer Science at Saarland University
2001 - 2003 Founding member of the Students’ Union for Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück

Languages (formal)

Java expert
C# & ASP.NET expert (some time ago)
C++, PASCAL, LISPexpert (a long time ago)
BASIC, Assembler expert (a really long time ago)

Languages (natural)

German fluent (mother tongue)
English fluent (1 year in the US)
French fluent (teaching in French at Télécom ParisTech)
Italian good knowledge (8 semesters of study, Unicert 2)
Romanian rudimentary knowledge (studying at A2 level)
Spanish rudimentary knowledge (8 semesters of study, Unicert 2, but long ago)
Latin knowledge at homeopathic level (3 years at school, Latinum, very long ago)

Extracurricular Activities

2016Teaching the ballroom dancing class at the American University of Paris
2013 - Teaching the dancing course of Télécom ParisTech, Paris, France
2013 Teaching a 14 week dancing course at the sports center of Saarland University
2010 - 2011 Teaching a 52 week dancing course at Télécom ParisTech, Paris, France
2008 Teaching an 18 week dancing course at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics
2007 Teaching a 10 week dancing course at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics


I am interested in Natural Languages, Ballroom dancing, Geeky stuff (see my SVG slide editor PowerLine or my Spreadsheets that run in a browser), Traveling, Global Poverty, Internet Security, University politics (see my blog Fluctuat et Mergitur), and Religion (see my Atheist Bible).